Northern Lights Photo Gallery
January 2009
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Summary: A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field on Dec. 31, 2008, causing geomagnetic disturbances and Northern Lights that crossed into the New Year. See also December 2008.

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Yuichi Takasaka,
Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada
Jan. 3, 2009
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Interior British Columbia got a lot of snow for the last 2 weeks, so I decided to drive 450km east to Alberta. It was cool at -28C but it was clear, well worth the drive. I saw 50+ meteors and green lights over Bow River near Castle Mountain Junction on Trans Canada Highway, Banff National Park.

Photo details: Canon 5D Mark II, EF20/2.8

Claus Vogel,
Pangnirtung, Nunavut - Baffin Island (Canada)
Jan. 5, 2009
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Happy New Year from Canada's Arctic. Last night the Northern Lights made their new years appearance. What a sight - the half moon casting its glow on the freshly fallen snow while the lights danced overhead. I was anxious to try my new Nikor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens on the Nikon D700 body. The lens did not disappoint. Tonight's celestial show lasted over an hour. Looking forward to more lights in the coming months.

Sylvain Serre,
Salluit, Nunavik, Canada
Jan. 4, 2009
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I arrived from Montreal during the evening and I was really tired. But, around 8:30 PM, I saw my first Northern Lights of 2009. So, I went outside to take some pictures.

Photo details: Canon EOS 30D, 10mm, 8-10sec, ISO 400-800, f3,5

Ryan Ridge,
15 miles east of Homer, Alaska, at 1500'.
Jan. 3, 2009
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I finally managed to see my second Northern Lights since moving to Homer, Alaska in August! I took some standard shots at 800 ISO, then decided to turn down the ISO and do some long exposures.

Photo details: Nikon D80, 17-55mm set to 17mm, f/2.8, ISO 200, one photo shutter at 10 minutes, the other at 20 minutes.

Threes van Nieuwenhoven,
In Laukvik near the beach,Lofoten,Norway
Jan. 2, 2009
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The first visible Northern Lights of 2009. By surprise the weather cleared up after days of cloudy weather.

Photo details: Canon 400D, 1600 asa, 20-25 sec.

Andreas Skjervold,
Bodø, Norway
Jan. 2, 2009
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Short display around 23:00, but finaly I got to use my new Nikon D300 for what is was bought for. ISO 800 and 20sec exposures. Saw a meteor as well and it might have been my imagination but I'm sure it made a sizzling sound.

more images:
Northern Lights and Aurora Borealis